Drink water. When you have a cold, make sure to stay hydrated. Try to drink nine to 13 eight ounce glasses of water each day. To help ease a sore throat, try drinking the water warm.
Consume more protein. To help boost your immunity, add quality proteins to your meals, like fish and skinless poultry. Chicken noodle soup is a great choice because it will give you some quality protein as well as other nutrients that may help boost the immune system and act as antiviral agents.
Eat probiotics. There has been some research that suggests that probiotics, also known as good bacteria, can help fight and prevent colds. Much like it helps infections in the intestines, it is believed that it helps with other infections as well. To get probiotics, eat yogurt with active Lactobacillus cultures.
Drinking Water Before Bed
Water is considered a nutrient and is very essential for survival, health as well as beauty and longevity. A person can go without food for almost 40 days; however, two days without water will result in deterioration of health. This will depend on how rapidly the body water is lost and the temperature. Most people do not drink adequate amount of water. We shall look at when a person should drink water and whether drinking water before bed is a good idea.
Whether it is okay to drink water before bed depends very much on the amount of water you consume and your health condition.
When it is not okay:
Drinking water before bed is not a good idea for people suffering from kidney or heart ailments. This is because the excess water intake will put additional pressure on the kidney, which are already weakened and are not efficient in fluid removal from the body.
Drinking water just before going to bed can also be a problem as it disrupts the sleep. The person might wake up once or more to empty the bladder. Some people do not function well without a good night's sleep and hence they should avoid doing it.
For such people the best way is to avoid drinking fluids around 2 hours before bedtime. They should also ensure that they use the restroom before going to bed, twice if required. Water can be kept handy near the bed, if you feel thirsty; however, it can make you want to visit the restroom around daybreak.
When it is okay:
When a person is in good health i.e. without any heart or kidney ailment and do not have any problem waking up in the middle of the night to empty their bladder, they can be fine with drinking water before bed.
In fact, it will have various health benefits as well as seen below.
Water is one of the most essential nutrients to maintain good health. Water can be sourced from the tap, bottled or even ionized alkaline water. Besides the type of water, the quantity of water, the time when we drink water is also very important.
1. Just After You Wake Up
Your internal organs get activated when you drink water at this time. The toxins present in the body get flushed out before you start with your first meal. Instead of coffee which acts as a diuretic and causes fluid loss, opt for glass of water instead.
2. Before Having a Meal
If you drink water 30 minutes before a meal, it increases the satiety and prevents over eating. Over-eating can cause weight gain and can also lead to fatty liver disease. Drinking water keeps the liver lean. It also stimulates the digestive enzymes and bile production, thus preparing the stomach for food.
3. Before and During Exercise
It is important to be physically fit to remain healthy. When you drink water before and during exercise you prevent the risk of dehydration. This puts less load on the liver to clear the toxins out of the body. This is especially important for someone who has a fibrotic liver.
4. When You're Ill
It is an old belief and it holds true that drinking lots of fluids when you are unwell is good. The recommended intake is around 8 glasses of water, where one glass is of 8 ounces. You should also consume other fluids like soups, juice or tea. When a person is hospitalized, they have an IV drip which keeps the person hydrated.
5. When You Are Exposed to Other Ill Patients
People who are surrounded by sick people, at hospitals, school or at work, should drink more water. This is to ensure that if there are any microbes in the body, due to the exposure, they will be washed away.
When the body is hydrated, the invading microbes do not get to settle or multiply in the body. You should drink water before or after going out, this will ensure that some types of viruses are prevented from causing an illness or the severity is lessened.
6. When You Are Feeling Tired
It is a good idea to drink water when you are tired, fatigued or feeling sleepy. Water gets absorbed quickly and moves rapidly throughout the body. It reaches the brain and activates it. It helps to have water before an important meeting, especially cold water. It will help in keeping the body alert.
Since early childhood, I lived with the common allergy symptoms of runny nose, watery eyes, and sneezing. Every year I would dread allergy season.
After receiving some of the typical medical treatments during childhood, I started looking for natural allergy remedies in my early twenties.
Over a period of 25 years (yikes!), I tried numerous dietary changes, supplements, herbs, flower essences, homeopathic, and various other natural allergy remedies.
Even though I saw some minor improvements, nothing I tried really made a significant difference for me.
Thus, I learned to accept the fact that I was probably going to have allergies for the rest of my life.
I had no desire to take allergy medications because of the long-term side effects, so I learned to manage the allergies as best I could, primarily through diet and supplements.
What Finally Worked for Me
The good news is that a few years ago I did find a natural solution that worked for me, and it has worked well for many others.
The interesting thing is that I had no idea at the time that it was a one of the best natural allergy remedies – and that solution is ionized water.
At the time, I understood the importance of drinking water, but I just could not seem to drink enough to quench my thirst.
My mouth was often parched and my skin was dry, even though I was drinking about two quarts of water a day. I felt like a desert nomad.
Then I was introduced to a home water ionizer system, which produces water from the tap that is restructured and micro-clustered.
The micro-clustering effect means that this water contains smaller groupings of molecules, which enables the water to be absorbed and utilized by the body at the cellular level - much quicker and more completely.
In addition, the ionized water is alkalized (which helps to create a healthier environment in the body) and it carries a high antioxidant potency due to the restructuring of the water molecules and the creation of hydroxyl ions.
So I started drinking alkaline, ionized water and determined to rehydrate my body. What I discovered (by accident) is that drinking this water was one of the most effective natural allergy remedies.
Within three months of drinking ionized water, allergy season arrived and, to my surprise, my allergies were virtually non-existent – and for the most part (about 90%) have not returned since.
Allergies Linked to Dehydration
Since I had tried so many different natural allergy remedies, I wanted to find out why I had such good results in rehydrating my body with ionized water. What was the connection between allergies and dehydration?
What I discovered is that, according to Dr. F. Batmanghelidj, author of Water: for Health, for Healing, for Life, dehydration is one of the primary causes of allergies and asthma.
If you suffer from allergies, I am sure you know that allergies are caused by a histamine reaction in the body. What most people don’t know is that histamine production increases greatly when the body is dehydrated.
Since 75 percent of our population is estimated to be dehydrated, it is no wonder that so many people suffer from allergies and asthma!
In addition to increased histamine production, dehydration also affects antibody production. This means that the body will not have the adequate antibodies to deal with foreign invaders, such as pollen and other antigens.
Best Water for Allergy Relief
If you suffer from allergies, chances are high that your body has been dehydrated for many months or years. Drinking water to rehydrate your body is not a quick fix and the type of water you drink is important.
I highly recommend ionized water for allergy relief since it is the only water that made a difference for me .
NOTE: Not all water ionizers are equal. The manufacturer makes a huge difference in the quality of ionized water that is produced and how long the device will last. See our recommendations below if interested.
I believe the synergistic effect of all the ionized water properties (alkalinity, micro-clustering, and antioxidant potency) contributed to the quick results I experienced.
This is not to suggest that the ionized water "cured" my allergies. Only the body itself has the ability to provide a lasting cure for any health condition. However, I am convinced this water provided the optimal environment in my body to alleviate the allergy symptoms.
Is ionized water the only type of water that is effective?
Studies indicate that mineral-rich, filtered drinking water will also hydrate the body well, but it will most likely take quite a bit longer than drinking filtered water that is not ionized.
The alkaline minerals in water are essential for proper hydration. I do not recommend de-mineralized water (such as distilled or reverse osmosis) because I drank it for years and know that it did not provide the same allergy relief I get from mineral water.
5 Simple Guidelines to Rehydrate Your Body
If you have tried other natural allergy remedies and want to give water a try, follow these simple guidelines for at least six months. No matter what, you can’t lose. Water is foundational to health!
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